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University Research Awards

Professor and students doing stream research


Each year Western Carolina University presents internal awards to recognize the outstanding work being done by our faculty. The purposes for these awards are described below. The university community is invited to attend the 2023 Faculty Scholarship Celebration to be held Thursday, March 23, in the University Center Grand Room.

Please click the links below for full application instructions, and contact the Office of Research Administration for assistance with the application process.

University Scholar Award

Deadline: January 25, 2023

The University Scholar Award is designed to recognize research and creative activities. This award is given to a faculty member who has achieved a position of prominence in his or her discipline through creative research activities. Examples of distinguished achievements include art exhibitions, works of art, fine arts performances, literary works, research, publications, and grant receipts.

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Hunter Scholar Award

Deadline: January 25, 2023

This award is jointly provided by Hunter Library, Graduate School and Research, Educational Outreach, and the Office of the Provost. The Hunter Scholar Award provides release time and other resources to support research primarily using library collections.

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Provost's Scholarship Development Grant

Deadline: October 1, 2022

PURPOSE: Provide monetary support for research and scholarship development. Funds are intended to

  • generate preliminary data or activity that leads to external funding or expand the scope of a currently funded project
  • enhance the competitiveness for resubmission of proposals considered highly meritorious but previously unfunded
  • support junior faculty and established investigators in the pursuit of new research or creative scholarly inquiry
  • support cross-disciplinary teams of faculty in their efforts to prepare competitive proposals for multi-investigator grants
  • positively impact teaching or student learning

Grant recipients must articulate where and how this seed money will be directed in pursuit of external funding.


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Million Dollar Circle Award

The establishment of the Million Dollar Circile Award is to recognize the accomplishments of WCU faculty and staff that have received a cululative total of $1million or more in competitive grant funding and contracts through the University, as Principal Investigators. 


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